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CURENT and the National Science Foundation (NSF) hosted a three day workshop, The JST-NSF-DFG-RCN Workshop on Distributed Energy Management Systems, at the NFS building in Arlington, VA on April 20-22. Workshops and discussions were held concerning Future Power System Architectures and Control Paradigms. Members of CURENT, the NSF, the Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the German Research Foundation / Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Research Council of Norway (RCN) participated in the workshop. Attendees included nearly 40 leading power systems researchers from major U.S. universities and executives from the power industry sector.

The presentations covered such topics as cybersecurity of power grids, harmonized power system control under photovoltaic power prediction uncertainty, current issues in power system research, next generation EMS, engineering research centers, demand response, estimating and mitigating cascading failure risk and more. A poster session was held on Monday afternoon, while networking opportunities were provided several times a day. 

After the workshop in Arlington, approximately 30 researchers from Japan and Norway visited Knoxville from April 22-25. During their visit, they toured the CURENT facilities, participated in an information exchanging discussion and toured the Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL).

For more information about this conference or to view the presentations, please visit CURENT’s conference page


Members of JST and RCN at ORNL on Fri. April 25th


Dr. Kishan Baheti of the NSF addresses the workshop


CURENT Director Dr. Kevin Tomsovic discusses Engineering Research Centers